EDINBURG – Hundreds of current and prospective students at The University of Texas-Pan American attended the eighth annual Financial Aid Fair on Friday at the Health and Physical Education II Gym.
Staffers – wearing tie-dye shirts and ‘60s costumes for this year’s fair theme – assisted students and their parents with the financial aid application process and answered questions on different types of aid, including grants, loans, workstudy and income tax preparation.
Ricardo Rivera, a Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial High School senior from Alamo, was pleased with the help he received.
"I’m probably going on to college next year, and I have UTPA in mind," Rivera said. "They really helped me out a lot and guided me through (the financial aid process)."
Vicky Pacheco, a UTPA senior mathematics major from Pharr, used the fair to obtain loan information. As a first-time applicant, she received individual attention and even has a follow-up meeting scheduled next week.
According to Jody Peña, director for Student Outreach, about 1,800 students attended this year’s event. Volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assisted students and their parents in filling out income tax forms, and area lending institutions explained their services to interested attendees.
"This fair was very successful," Peña said. "It was very well organized, and we had a lot of counselors and volunteer help."
The Financial Aid Fair was part of Financial Aid Awareness Month, February. Financial aid administrators statewide are encouraging students to apply early for financial aid.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 956/381-2501.